Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 33

Price Realized: $ 4,320
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
THE COLORED HOME, TODAY'S LINCOLN HOSPITAL (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--CHARITIES.) The Home for Colored Aged [Lincoln Hospital today]. "A Token of Esteem to Miss Mary Ann Wells from the Managers of the Aged Colored Home, January 1st, 1848." Sterling silver pitcher, 7-1/4 inches high, hallmarks of "G&H" (Gale & Hughes), dated "8.1.47". New York, 1847

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The Home for Colored Aged was founded in 1839 and located at 51st Street at what would now be 12th avenue in Manhattan. Created by the "Society for the Relief of Worthy Aged Indigent Colored Persons," the facility's original mission was to serve as a home for aged black people, many of whom had been slaves prior to the abolition of slavery in New York City (1827). In 1843, in order to accommodate an increasing population, the Home moved to 40th Street and Park Avenue. Seven years later, further expansion necessitated a third move to a larger facility on First Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets. The institution now not only included "The Home for the Colored Aged," but a hospital and Nursery Department. In 1882, the Institution's name was changed to "The Colored Home and Hospital" and was again moved to its first Bronx location at 141st and Concord Avenue. In 1902, The Colored Home and Hospital officially became known as Lincoln Hospital and Home. Today it is simply Lincoln Hospital. We could find nothing on the philanthropic Ms. Wells, the recipient of this pitcher.